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CoboBrothers Dance Co. (USA) - International Guests
Founded by James and Milton Cobo in 2000, CoboBrothers Dance Co. (CBDC) was the first On2 dance company out of North Carolina to explode onto the international dance scene. James began teaching in North Carolina in 1998. As CBDC's freestyle specialist, James has lit up dance floors around the world with a fusion of speed, body movement, and musicality.
His brother Milton, known for his unique lead technique, blends power and fluidity to prevail as the "Flow Guru" of salsa. Initially recognized for their technical precision on the dance floor, the CoboBrothers evolved into one of the most internationally recognized salsa dance companies from the United States, with the addition of Isabel Freiberger and Erin Leger in 2007.
In 2011, The Cobobrothers Dance Company added Adam Phillips, Yin Song, & Brenda Haitema to Professional dance team. Implementing a balance of power, acrobatics, fluidity, and musicality, the CoboBrothers Dance Co. captivates audiences around the world with electrifying performances. As the first company to introduce On2 to North Carolina and a major catalyst for the explosive growth in the South East region of the United States, CBDC is dedicated to inspiring interest in salsa and cultivating talent throughout the world especially in their home state of North Carolina.
Melissa Rosado "The Mambo Princess" (USA) - International Guest
Melissa Rosado is one of the top international instructors and performers of NY Style Mambo "On 2". She is an energetic and explosive dancer who is known all around the world for her unique, sexy styling and body movement on and off the dance floor, powerful stage presence, and passionate love for teaching. In addition, her humble attitude and welcoming personality is what makes her popular amongst the mambo community today. She has an ability to effortlessly follow any lead and is known to be one of the best examples and instructors of the Eddie Torres technique.
At the age of 9 she discovered her passion for mambo when she began taking classes with Eddie and Maria Torres at the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx. She continued to study and train in the Eddie Torres technique and later became part of the Eddie Torres Senior Dance Company and teaching staff, one of the top in the nation.
In 2006 she trained and partnered with Eddie Torres principal dancer Adolfo Indacochea for almost two years, performing and teaching as one of mambo's international leading couples. Shortly after, she teamed with up the Mambo King Eddie Torres once again until 2011. In addition to partnering with Eddie Torres, she also established herself as a respected and sought out solo artist worldwide, which she continues to do present day.
Isabel Freiberger (USA) - International Guest
Isabel discovered her love for dance in 2006 while she was an undergraduate at Duke University. She was hooked immediately after learning her first salsa steps. Stumbling across the on2 salsa scene and the Cobo Brothers Dance Company in North Carolina was a life changing experience. By the beginning of 2007, Isabel had earned a spot on the Cobo Brothers Dance Company professional team. Since then, Isabel climbed her way to the top, earning the position of lead female dancer, instructor and choreographer.
Throughout her travels with the Cobo Brothers Dance Company, Isabel's passion, dedication, and willingness to learn have only grown. Her commitment to Salsa and dance in general have inspired her to train in several other dance forms. Because of Isabel's experience in dance and teaching she has traveled all over the globe to share her captivating energy and passion for dance.
Isabel's strengths in dance performance and instruction include Salsa (on2 and on1), Pachanga, Cha Cha and Bachata. She takes very seriously the importance of quality instruction and therefore, has developed a unique teaching method based on the basic fundamentals of salsa dance and movement technique. Her most popular classes include Salsa Ladies styling, Spinning Technique, Pachanga, Cha Cha Freestyle, Footwork and Freestyle. At the CLDF Isabel will be performing and teaching with James Cobo.
As a seasoned dancer, actor, choreographer and teacher, Alexander Bryan has performed professionally across many facets of the entertainment industry. Coming into prominence in 2004, Alexander appeared on ABC's Strictly Dancing, creating great excitement and controversy as he danced his way to the Grand Finals with Adam Francis, cementing them as Australia's favourite same sex dance duo. Following this success, he went onto perform on Channel 7's "Dancing With The Stars", alongside celebrity partner Kate Langbroek. Recent theatre credits include the National tour of "The Boy From Oz", and playing the lead role of Romeo in the World Premier of "Matalor".
Dancing professionally since 2003, Alex has won multiple national titles and including placing 1st in the teams division at the Aceki World Salsa Championships in Hong Kong. Alex extends his passion for teaching as Director of Melbourne's hottest semi professional dance group, "Flavoured Rhythm". He is currently appearing as a contestant on Channel 10's "Everybody Dance Now".
When he's not dancing, Alex produces, directs and choreographs acts for corporate entertainment, floorshows and theatre. Described as an "exceptionally entertaining" Master of Ceremonies, he's a hit at local and national events, with an ability to connect with any type of audience.
Alex started dancing at the age of 3 studying Calisthenics, Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Tap, Funk, Neo-classical, Lyrical, Song & Dance, Burlesque and Broadway. During her training, she competed in over 80 various competitions around Australia. She was introduced to Reggaeton, Samba & Zumba in 2010 and has never looked back.
Alex began teaching dance at the age of 12. She taught all the styles she was trained in and took her students around Australia to compete.
This year Alex opened her own dance school "Breathe Dance Studio". She is teaching a mix of commercial and Latin styles, including Burlesque, Hip Hop, Reggaeton, Jazz, Samba & Lyrical.
Through Breathe Dance Studio Alex hopes to bring her experience, passion for dance and amazing choreography to her students in a fun, inspirational and relaxed atmosphere - www.breathedancestudio.com.au.
Alisson Sandi & Audrey Isautier
Alisson is from Brazil, Sao Paulo. When he arrived in Perth in 2007, he shook the Latin dance world. He is an integral part of the Juan Rando Dance Academy as the main Brazilian Dance Instructor where he teaches Brazilian Zouk, Samba de Gafieira, Argentine tango, Salsa, Forro and Axe. Alisson is also qualified in Salsa On1 and On2, Bolero, Tango, West Coast swing, and more. Having taught a variety of these styles in Brazil and around the world he is a great asset to the dance scene in Perth.
In 2009 he was specially invited to choreograph a group Zouk routine for the Australian Dance Festival. Alisson then spent 2 months in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand teaching, performing and choreographing. While in Singapore, Alisson choreographed the first zouk team in Singapore (for Two-Left Feet School). In 2010 Alisson also choreographed the first Forro Team to perform at the Sydney Salsa Congress which was a great success with the public and promoting Brazilian dance styles.
Alisson created BRAZUKA DANCE, the Brazillian style which Alisson heads for Juan Rando Dance Academy. He is an aspiring and ambitious man with a forward view towards making the Brazillian Rhythms a huge success everywhere he goes.
Audrey is a recognized Brazilian Zouk dancer living and working in Perth Western Australia. Born in Reunion Island, she began to dance at the age of 3, with a background in contemporary, ballet, jazz and Bharatanatyam (traditional Indian dance) and she has performed and danced with many different companies around Reunion.
In 2010 Audrey travelled to Brazil to learn from some of the best Brazilian Zouk and Samba de Gafieira dance instructors. She is renowned as one of the best Zouk dancers and Zouk teachers in Australia, where she has not only gained valued experience, but also enormous recognition and respect from her fellow teachers and students alike. She has performed in Australian and a number of overseas countries and has had the opportunity to travel and teach dance workshops in Singapore, Dubai as well as Brazil Central 2010 (Brisbane) and the Sydney Salsa Congress 2011 (Sydney) offering students more technique and styling.
Since arriving in Australia in 2007, Allan has taught, choreographed, DJed and/or performed in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle and Canberra, and internationally in New Zealand, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. Well known for his fun teaching style and smooth moves, Allan is also recognised as one of the main promoters of Zouk and Samba de Gafieira in Australia.
Allan Dantas started dancing in Brazil in the year 2000 in Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil. With a background in Zouk, Salsa, Samba de Gafieira, Bolero, Forro, Tango, Soltinho and Cha Cha, Allan started his teaching career in 2002 as a trainee instructor for Salsa, Samba de Gafieira, Bolero and Zouk.
His first national performances were at the Brazilian Salsa Congress in 2001 and 2002.
One of the most popular and sought after instructors in Sydney, Becky is known for her sensuality, elegance and grace on the dance floor. As the Founder of Suave Latin Productions and now one of Latin Motion's leading instructors Becky is respected as a world class professional. She has performed, taught and travelled to Congresses around the world. Becky has also competed nationally and internationally and is now regularly invited to adjudicate the most prestigious competitions around Australia.
Captivating on the dance floor, inspiring in the class room, respected around the world. This is one woman you can't miss!
Ben Brillante & Diala Raad
Ben Brillante and Diala Raad began performing together in 2007. They ran their first bachata performance group in 2008, which has since evolved into what is now known as "Bachata Con Sabor". Their latest choreography to the song "Tu Y Yo" by Toby Love has seen their style come into light in the Australian bachata scene. They performed it in competition at professional level at the 2010 Australian Bachata Championships and with the Bachata Con Sabor team at the 2011 Sydney Salsa Congress. Their sultry, sexy and romantic style of bachata has earned them recognition as two of the leading bachata instructors and dancers in Canberra.
From a young age Diala has been very musical, and in 2004 she found a passion for dance as a new way to express herself musically. She has since explored various styles of dance from ballroom to rock n' roll but in more recent years has focused on salsa and bachata. She is drawn to bachata music for its emotional and passionate elements; this is reflected in her choreographies and social dancing. She is grateful to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the development of bachata at this year's festival.
Originally from the Philippines, Ben was raised around family and friends who trained in music and dance. In 2004, he was introduced to Latin dancing and began training in Sydney with Platinum Salsa, then continued with Salsabor when he moved to Canberra in 2005. With a background in music, R&B and Hip-Hop dancing, he quickly established an understanding of the Latin rhythms and before long became one of the sort after dancers and instructors in the Canberra Latin scene. Ben is known for his friendly, fun and high-energy personality both on and off the dance floor. He loves all forms of Latin dancing and in particular, bachata for its rhythmic footwork, passionate interpretation and sensuality.
Ben and Diala both teach and perform with Salsabor and have performed at numerous Latin events nationally and overseas.
Christian Szilagyi & Elysia Baker
One of Australia's finest new couples to hit the stage. This unique partnership of Hip Hop dancer and Ballerina is not afraid to push the boundaries with their dynamic style, featuring a diverse repertoire of choreographies. Based in Melbourne out of Spin City Dance this couple are no strangers to the stage; having being involved in all of Australia's major congresses as well as performing internationally in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and New York. Christian and Elysia's amazing stage presence, precise technique, body movement and perfect lines mixed with their easygoing attitudes makes them not only fantastic performers but fun instructors that leave you demanding more.
Debby is the director of the longest running Salsa school Latin Energy Productions in Brisbane. As a performer, instructor, choreographer and DJ she has travelled the country and the world. She frequently travels both nationally and internationally as a much sought-after performer, instructor, choreographer and DJ.
Debby has a master certificate in teaching Salsa which she obtained in the USA. Her fun, vibrant way of conducting classes and her attention to technique, musicality and styling has helped her to achieve her reputation as a respected professional instructor, and has led many of her students to become big names in the Latin dance scene.
Debby is also known as DJ Debelicious, one of the very few female DJs in the Australian Salsa Scene. She has been invited to DJ at numerous national Latin festivals and events, as well as Internationally South East Asia, New Zealand, USA.
Debralee's love of teaching dance started whilst training to become a ballerina when she was given many opportunities to teach ballet classes from tiny tots (babies) to teens going through intense training for their difficult RAD Ballet exams.
Since then Debralee has taught at various dance schools and high schools in Sydney preparing students for their Annual School Concerts and Ballet Exams.
It was early in 2008 that Latin Dance Australia invited Debralee to become a part of their Professional team. They also gave her the opportunity to pass on her technical knowledge to the team where she took them through the intensive training she underwent for years to becoming the versatile and disciplined dancer she is today.
Debralee has the ability to teach any age at any level - her true love is to dance and teach in order to pass on and impart her knowledge to other aspiring lovers of dance.
Debralee has performed at many events including the Sydney Salsa Congress, Darling Harbour Latin Fiesta, the Latin Dance Australia Ball, the Australian Dance Fetsival to name a few, and in 2006 won the Best Brazilian Afro Performer Award and in 2008 receiving the Best Overall Performer Award.
She also travelled to Korea to compete in the Gangnam International Dance Festival in 2008 with the Advanced Samba Swat Team.
Debralee has also expanded her repertoire by embracing Salsa, Zouk, Reggaeton Bachata and many more as well as her serious and passionate commitment to teaching Samba.
Erico has been dancing, teaching and performing Salsa, Merengue, La Rueda and Tango in Canberra for the past 12 years.
He is a qualified dance teacher in street/club Latino style and has been admitted to the Arts Theatre Dane Society of Australia (ATD). He is registered with Ausdance and a member of the Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing (F.A.T.D).
He is currently the principal of Salsarico Latin Dance in Canberra. He teaches Salsa from beginners to advanced level and choreographs dance performances with his dance students.
Erico won 1st place along with his dance partner in the regional selection for the Victorian Championship held in Melbourne in April 2003. The competition was under the International Dance Organisation (IDO) rules.
Erico is passionate about Salsa and he believes that Salsa is a way of life. 'Dancing Salsa is about feeling the rhythm of the music, connecting with your dance partner and dancing as one'.
Graeme Haney - DJ Mambo G
Popular international instructor and DJ, Graeme Haney, aka 'Mambo G' (from the UK) is one of Australia's most well known personalities within the Latin dance scene.
He was one of the first to teach the linear (LA) style and shines to the Australian salsa community.
In the UK he could be found playing at many salsa venues throughout Central England earning his reputation for playing a wide variety of both new and classic Salsa.
He prides himself on his musical flexibility, keeping dance floors busy, and enjoys tapping into a crowds 'flavour' while taking them on a musical rollercoaster ride! With a personal passion for the 'jazzier' end of the Salsa spectrum Graeme has picked up the nick-name 'Mambo-G'.
He has been DJ-ing in Australia since Jan 07, and since then his reputation has rapidly grown for playing and popularising this genre of Salsa & Mambo.
Graeme has also DJ'd for the Sydney Salsa Congress which has always been well received.
He founded House of Mambo in 2006 after returning home to Australia from the UK. With 12 years international teaching experience, he has held numerous workshops in Sydney over the years where he has taught the majority of key figures in the Sydney Salsa Scene (Latin Motion, LDA, Club Salsa, Ruedisima, Salsa Republic , Mambo Lounge etc).
His excellent DJ-ing skills, teaching skills, fantastic moves and sense of humour are always a hit.
Jaime Jesus of Latin Dance Australia in Sydney is regarded world wide as one of the successful Latin Dance professionals in the world.
As Competitor he has won many competitions at a regional and National Level as well as placing 3rd IN THE WORLD a the Mayan World Salsa Competition in Los Angeles in 2006.
As an Instructor and performer Jaime has been contracted to teach in over 40 cities across the globe through All of Asia, Europe, the Americas and of course Australia and New Zealand.
As a Business owner Jaime has mentored several International and national events to success as well as co-partnering in two of the worlds most successful companies in the Latin Industry LATIN DANCE AUSTRALIA & THE SYDNEY LATIN FESTIVAL.
As a professional he has been recognised as one of the most influential people in the world of Latin Music and Dance being award twice before the age of 30 in The Uk and New Zealand for his "Outstanding Contribution to the world of Latin Music and Dance".
Don't miss Jaime's workshops and performances at the 2012 Canberra Latin Dance Festival.
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He is known as "The Voice". Not only is he a Latin Dance advocate but one of the most dedicated and passionate event organizers of Australia. He is a very giving person, and he is always there for those who seek help and advice. His voice echoes throughout Australia from national events to Brisbane's own local Sunday Salsa Seduction. He is the organizer of the fantastic national event, The DouDouLe Latin Dance Camp.
Josie has been dancing as soon as she learned how to walk, and has an extensive training in Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and various other dance styles. She discovered Latin dancing in 2005 and immediately immersed herself and fell in love with it. She will be recognised on the dance floor by her amazing body movement and her flawless technique in Salsa, Mambo, Bachata and other Latin dances. She is the director and co-founder of Tropical Soul Dance Studio, one of Sydney's most exciting new dance school, Tropical Soul.
She has performed and taught around the world and around Australia, promoting various Latin dance styles. Some of her achievements include the following:
Josie loves to share her passion for dancing and teach exciting classes and workshops that will bring variety and inspiration to everyone who attends. She has travelled the world doing so, and has been recognised as a world class performer and instructor in many countries.
Juan is responsible for the Bachata craze in Australia as 2004 saw him in a new country & culture when he arrived in Sydney, only to find the dance he was most passionate about was a taboo, never played in nightclubs or taught at dance studios. Inspired as no one else can be with Bachata, Juan started running classes & workshops, as well as promoting Bachata music to various influential DJ's, Nightclubs & Latin Events. It was from there his fame as 'El Bachatero' grew quickly making him the best know Bachata Instructor in Australia & New Zealand. From then on, Juan became one of the most influential Bachateros in the world. He has taught hundreds of workshops throughout the world (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, France, USA and more) and performed at prestigious Latin events around the world. Juan is also one of the organizers of the successful 'Sydney Bachata Festival' and he's the director of Bachateros Online Magazine, one of the first web portals dedicated to Bachata only.
Juan's is the pioneer of the Bachata Moderna movement and his syllabus and moves are being used around the world. With the growth and evolution of Bachata music, Juan has ensured that the dancing evolves as well. Bachata Moderna is a more stylized style of Bachata were dancers can add different footwork and transitions and yet remain true to Bachata form, maintaining the feeling & emotional elements that makes Bachata what it is.
Most importantly, he is the director and co-founder of Tropical Soul Dance Studio, one of Sydney's most exciting new dance school, Tropical Soul.
Kadu is an accomplished Brazilian teacher-performer who boasts a dance resume brimming with first class credentials. He has taught at Brazil's most respected dance academies, including Rio de Janeiro's Jimmy de Oliveira, Alex de Carvalho, and in Parana at Espaco Latino and Estetica Ghor Academies. He has a wide variety of television, festival, special event and professional appearances to his credit, and has completed studies in Advanced Zouk, Advanced Salsa, Advanced Samba, Samba Rock, and Contemporary Ballet with leading Brazilian dance teachers.
On Saturday night, Kadu Pires will sing some of his tracks from his new album.
Take a sneak peek here:
Kadu will also be djing in the zouk room during the party nights at the festival.
Kate is the Director/Choreographer/Instructor of Subsdance Dance Studio (www.subsdance.com.au) founded one year ago in Canberra. After teaching throughout Canberra, Kate opened Subsdance to share her passion and personal touch to make a difference with her students. Kate has been a dancer for 21 years and has extensive experience in not only Latin dance styles but Commercial Jazz, Broadway Jazz, and Funk.
Kate has performed with artists such as International DJ act 'NASA' (who worked with Kanye West) and Brazilian Fantasy (Sydney). She has choreographed and performed a number of times at the Sydney Salsa Congress and Adelaide Salsa Festival, as well as teaching workshops at these events.
With a lethal combination of performance and dance experience, Kate and Miriam believe in sharing Brazilian Samba in a classy and sophisticated way, teaching the essence of Brazilian culture. These 'Glamourosas' perform Samba at its peak and are a performance NOT to be missed.
SUBSDANCE TEACHES LATIN/BRAZILIAN/HIP HOP/LATINAFUNK/ZUMBA/BACHATA!
*For more information on SUBSDANCE DANCE STUDIO, visit www.subsdance.com.au.
All Classes run from Canberra's favourite Latin Club, Monkeybar.
Larissa is talented dancer who started her dance studies at the age of nine, and completed a professional dance course in 2002, followed by tertiary studies in dance at the University of Arts of Parana. She is a former member of El Paso de Danca, and has taught contemporary and classical ballet, and contemporary dance at various academies in Rio de Janeiro.
She started her studies in Brazilian partner dance at Carlinhos de Jesus', Jaime Aroxa's and Jimmy de Oliveira's Academies in Rio de Janeiro, and has since joined Jimmy de Oliveira's Dance Company as a performer and instructor.
A master of playful interaction. Lidia McMahon wins the heart of her audiences not only with her superb technical skill as a dancer or her creative chorographical approach on stage, but most of all her innate ability to bring to life the quintessential elements of Latin Dancing; fun, playful interaction with a hint of charisma and a whole lot of charm - in every aspect of her life.
With 10 years of Latin dancing experience, 6 International 1st place trophies that decorate the walls of the LDA studio and a montage of influence that spreads across the many countries in which she has shared her passion by a way of teaching, performing and inspiring, her dancing career, which started no more than a casual hobby can only be described as "an adventure!"
Many years on, her dreams came true when she became a director of that same studio that nurtured her beginnings.
Lidia's inquisitive nature and love for health and wellbeing of the body and mind has stretched her passion into a new direction of 'YOGA For Dancing Bodies' after returning from an intensive Yoga teacher training program in India in 2012.
"Yoga is traditionally a science of conditioning the body for greater performance of the mind, and I love that through this medium I can work with creating strength and flexibility in people's bodies, educating on injury prevention for the more serious dancers and improving not just their dancing skills, but overall wellbeing"
Lidia McMahon has come to be known as "a mover and shaker in her own right, paving the way with a feminine force not to be ignored, but to be recognised and inspired by" - Viva Magazine 2012.
Luis Belleza - DJ Coco
Luis Belleza a.k.a DJ Coco a Peruvian born Australian has Latin music in his blood. His career in the Latin industry began as a singer and percussionist in small Latin bands in 1995.
Not long after, he then started to DJ for weddings and birthdays. In 2001, DJ Coco formed Coco Entertainment and took over Western Sydney's biggest Latin party at the time, "Latin Nights" at Marconi Club alongside CRUZ Promotions. DJ Coco partnered Ronnie Entertainment for the next two years to organise "Salsa On Sundays" at Port Orient, Darling Harbour.
Since then, DJ Coco has also co-organized many international artist's concerts (such as Rafaga, Sonora Carruseles, Fruko, Fulanito, Proyecto Uno, Huey Dunbar to name a few), as well as the Official Sydney Fiesta After Party's and the First Sydney Bachata Festival in 2007.
In April 2006, DJ Coco was approached by Martini Bar, where he created one of Sydney's biggest Sunday nights, 300 plus dancers filled the dance floor every Sunday for 3 years. In the same year he began teaching and perfroming Bachata & Cuban Salsa with Picante Latin Dance. After his training at Picante he then moved on to work with Salsa Republic in 2010.
2012 is a new beginning for DJ Coco as he has just started his own school "URBAN LATIN DANCE", teaching Cuban Salsa, Bachata & Zouk.
He continues to Organise Salsa Nights and Zouk nights and is a regular Dj at Main Events such as The Sydney Bachata festival and the Sydney Latin Festival.
Mambo Elegante Has travelled the world and worked with the best dancers, choreographers and performers. From Paris to Berlin to Sydney, Mambo Elegante has left no dancefloor unturned. He has spent years creating, developing and perfecting his unique and captivating style. Musicality, technique, and accuracy are his key strengths. Mambo Elegante will not fail to impress not only as a performer and dancer, but also as an instructor. He is eager to share all his experience and knowledge with anyone willing to fall in love with the salsa beat.
Mario Gordon & Becky Fleming
Mario and Becky are the owners of Kokoloco Dance Studio in Canberra ACT and have been teaching, performing and promoting Reggaeton together for over three years.
Becky originally from a Contemporary dance background has also trained and toured professionally in Mexico and the USA.
They have presented workshops and performed at the Adelaide Salsa Festival, Sydney international Bachata Festival and Sydney Salsa Congress in Australia. They are becoming well recognised for their sexy and energetic style of Reggaeton and dedicated to bringing this sexy style to more dance floors across the world.
Mario is also a Latin musician and DJ having worked professionally in Panama, USA, Spain and Australia, sharing his love for all Latin and Jamaican styles.
Miriam Jaclyn Cohen
Miriam has an extensive background in Brazilian dancing including Samba, Axe, Afro, Frevo, and Forro. She started her professional dancing career in Toronto, Canada with Samba Connection (formerly Brazil Nativa) and trained with some of the best instructors in the industry. She has performed at various venues and prestigious events including Carnaval Canada, Brazilian Day Canada, and has opened for Olodum and Ivete Sangalo.
Nestor Manuelian & Katrina Quintal
Synonymous with Bachata and Salsa in Australia, Nestor (one of the founders and Directors of the Sydney International Bachata festival) and Katrina have taught Salsa and Bachata all over the world and Australia.
Nestor of Uruguayan and Katrina of Portuguese descent, they are Australias first and prominent bachata exports, they have represented Australia in San Francisco, Los Angeles,Atlanta, Chicago, Bali, Malaysia, Singapore, Auckland, Hong Kong, Rome, Milan, London, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and the list goes on.
Nearly every corner of the world has been exposed to their funky and fun style of Bachata which encompasses many styles fused to make them one of the most versatile bachata couples in the world.
Recognised for energy, flair, fun and musicality in their choreographies, Nestor and Katrina are multiple AUSTRALIAN Bachata and Salsa, ASIAN Salsa and now also ACEKI WORLD BACHATA CHAMPIONS 2012!
Their Workshops are 2nd to none as their uncanny humour and amazing teaching ability always leave their students on high having learnt and had great fun at the same time!
Raquel Paez & Peter Ricciardo
Raquel has been dancing salsa for over a decade, and has found her love in NY style On2 (mambo). Raquel has choreographed/performed for the 2006 Los Angeles West Coast Salsa Congress. In 2007, she taught salsa in London for the Latin Dance Collective Team. In 2010, she performed and choreographed for the New York Salsa Congress.
Raquel began her official dance training in Los Angeles in 2003, and has since furthered her training in New York, South America, London and Europe. Raquel now owns one of Canberra's most successful Latin dance schools, which has a strict curriculum for all salsa levels which has raised the standard of Canberra's dancers.
Peter is one of Australia's most sought after male on2 mambo dancers. He has a very unique smooth style which is great to watch. He met Raquel in 2006 in London, brought together by their love of mambo, and married in Canberra in 2009. Peter and Raquel's style complement one another. Whilst Raquel has a developed her own distinctive repertoire of shines, Peter has developed an array of enviable on2 turn patterns. Their connection is not only seen on the dance floor, but also when they teach. Together they make a strong salsa duo.
Roberto is one of Australia's most exciting Artists and DJ's. Roberto is the 2008, 2009 & 2010 QLD State Salsa Titles Champion in the Professional On2 Division & went on to win the Australian Salsa Classic in the On2 Division in 2010.
His unique style, musicality & body movement makes him one of the best Mambo/On2 dancer's in Australia.
Sandra's love for performing has also encompassed an ardent love for dance.
In 2004, Sandra joined the LDA professional team and since then has continued to light up the stage with her infectious smile and sharp captivating performances and great body movement.
Sandra's passion for dance has taken her to various national and international events to represent Australia in Salsa, Samba and Zouk, to events including the Sydney Salsa Congress, West Coast Salsa Congress, NZ Congress and the Hong Kong Salsa Congress, to name a few.
With her bubbly and fun loving attitude, Sandra enjoys dancing a variety of different styles on the social floor and loves mixing it up. She is always ready to take on a new challenge and always searching for new ideas, she loves working with her students and her fellow colleagues in the Pro team.
Sharon is one of Australia's leading ladies in dance. She is recognised around the world for her amazing teaching technique, grace and precision. She is an Australian/Asian Champion. Sharon's love of dance includes mambo and cha cha, always creating memorable routines.
Sharon is known around the world for her unique teaching methods, which emphasize not just dance itself but how to use dance as a tool to enrich one's life in aspects ranging from posture and deportment to engagement and communication skills. Through this, along with her professional achievements, Sharon has helped to put Melbourne and Australia on the world salsa map.
Steve Maltezos & Minx
Steve Maltezos has been a force for quite some time now and constantly performs both in his own country (Australia) and around the world. Specializing in a unique athletic dance form he refers to as 'acrobatic dance'. This style involves an integration of circus sports, acrobatic skills, partner lifts and flips, mixed within many dance forms such as Latin, Afro-Cuban, Ballroom and Contemporary.
This has given him the reputation of being part of one of the most amazing, daring and death defying aerial dance acts anywhere!
Steve has also been personally taught by some of the worlds best aerial salsa performers such as Alex Lee & Chi Li (USA), Dave Paris & Zoe Klien (USA), Pablo Biaz & Diana Montoya (USA) just to name a few. He has been dancing the style of salsa for over 7 years now and was personally trained by the world renown Sharon Pakir (Spin City Dance Australia). He currently attends circus classes & workshops (being his passion).
With the knowledge, skill and imagination he has gained, this has given him the insight to be able to teach aerial workshops wherever he performs.
His tricks are 'truly amazing to watch'.
He has performed and competed at many events including the Victoria Australia Salsa Cabaret Champions 2009, 2010, 2011, India International Salsa Festival, Hong Kong Salsa Festival, Malaysian Salsa Festival 2009, 2010, Sydney Salsa Congress Australia, New Zealand Salsa Congress 2009 just to name a few.
Minx's skills and styles are as varied as her heritage. Born to Chinese, Spanish and Italian parents, Minx has years of performance and teaching experience in everything from artistic gymnastics, stage musicals, jazz and hip hop to street Latin, salsa and many other Brazilian styles. Her passion for all things colourful also influences her love for makeup and costume artistry, which can be seen in her day to day life and well as on stage. Having recently completed her studies at The University of Melbourne in Australia, Minx is looking forward to further pursuing her love for the performing arts in all its forms and is now setting her sights to take over Australia in the salsa scene!
Audiences that have seen her performances have said 'she makes me exhausted just watching her, but I don't want it to stop, and footwork so fast it makes your head spin, I want to see it again and again and she never misses a beat'.
With such versatility, style, grace, speed and proficiency, Minx has now turned her focus to salsa cabaret which incorporates lifts, tricks and acrobatic prowess. This has led her to become involved with the 'MELBOURNE AERIAL DANCE COMPANY' where she now performs & teaches the fine art of aerial lifts & tricks and is now proud that the student team is also following her footsteps.
Steve & Minx are truly amazing performers & instructors to watch!
Tanya has been dancing since she was 5 years old, including: Jazz, Funk, Tap, Rock 'n' Roll, and fell in love with salsa eight years ago.
Her love and experience for dance has allowed her to incorporate the different styles of dance into her salsa dancing; resulting in a funky, earthy style which is very unique. She is also known as one of the best spinners in the country.
She has performed at many festivals, including the Sydney Salsa Congress, LA congress in 2005, UK congress in 2005, to name a few.
She has also traveled to other international congresses including Puerto Rico and New York.Tanya is all about learning how to bring out your inner groove on the dance floor, and she is very excited to be able to teach you how at CLDF.
Trent Richardson - DJ
No stranger to pumping up big crowds from behind the decks and not 'just another DJ' Trent Richardson has supported some of the biggest international House Djs, Latin DJs & bands at festivals and clubs all over the county.
Canberra based... he is responsible for hosting some of the biggest Latin parties in the nations capital including the hit series of events 'Tropicana' and the weekly Friday Latin club night 'Havana Nights' that has been hitting capacity crowds for nearly 5 years.
Trent currently co-hosts 'Shakedown' the hit weekly radio show on RawFM that goes out to a listener base of approximately 1million people - showcasing the hottest in RnB, Reggaeton & Latino House.
Highly regarded as Canberra's #1 Latino DJ and one of the best in the country, he plays an influential role in setting the benchmark for Canberra's Latin event / party scene and has quickly become well known within the Latin community for the ability to read a crowd and hosting the hottest party atmospheres.
Trent continually supports the Canberra Latin scene by running weekly events that involve local and national talent at his nightclub the MonkeyBAR.
Do not miss Trent Richardson and a visit to MonkeyBAR this Canberra Latin Dance Festival.